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    Sunset Soiree on a Vineyard!

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    I’d describe the night as “Vintage French Romantic in Wine Country”

    Photo by Melanie

     When my good friend’s husband called me asking if I’d be interested in throwing his wife Sarah’s surprise 30th birthday party on a vineyard in Alexander Valley,  you can imagine my response was a bit like, “yaaaaaahhhh!!!!!”

    I mean, what’s better than family and friends gathering around the dinner table (in the middle of a vineyard)!? um, nothing.
    Ah I can’t believe this is my JOB! 
    From creating the vision for the night, the 6 course wine pairing dinner menu and styling every detail – right down to the silk ribbon tied around the name tag & rosemary – I love doing it ALL!
    (I could do without the -up at 6am to marinate 30 lbs of flank steak though 🙂 but that’s ok, part of being a caterer

    Saturday was truly a magical night, so I thought I’d share a few pics:

    I said to MacKensey of PoppyStoneFloral, “think, French woman standing in a vineyard in a flowy lace dress, holding a silver tray of appetizers and a glass of rose in cut glass crystal stemware” Does that paint the picture or what!?


    The birthday girl sat in a French style chair and vintage rentals were, provided by Erica of Tine Roof Farm House.
    And My mom and I browsed antique shops for mix-matching crystal votive holders.  We had about 40 on the table.  So pretty.
    I made matches that said “Make A Wish – Happy Birthday Sarah” – everyone had a box at their place setting and we all lit a cadle and made a wish together!
    Breadsticks and Olives in glasses to add to the Provence French theme.

    Narine of Sweet & Crafty is the talented Calligrapher who wrote the beautiful name tags, menu and food labels.   

    Silver Trays lined with grape leaves I picked from the vineyard for serving appetizers. Also provided by Tin Roof Farm House.

    Dessert table with a gold frame chalkboard that read “describe a special memory with Sarah” and everyone put their stories in my mom’s vintage hat box.  


    It’s a macaroon party

    The sun goes down – but the party goes well into the night!  SO much LOVE was in the air.   Sarah’s friends and family even flew in from the east coast.

    Photo by Melanie
    Six course wine and dinner pairing menu

    And a huge thank you to my amazing friend Melanie who helped plan the night for our dear Sarah! While running your own business and raising a 1.5 year old, you still found time to help create the special night – thank you so much!

    Hop on over to my website if you’re interested in learning more about my services.

    Here’s to living deliciously,
    Claudine

     

     

    Wellness Wednesdays: Weekly Tips on Living Deliciously Well

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    Hello Friends,

    Welcome to Day 1 of  Wellness Wednesdays!   I’ve started this weekly news letter as a way to share tips, advice  and wisdom on “Living Deliciously Well”.  If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE an alliteration.  So clearly, Wednesday must be the day to share Wellness Wisdom 🙂

    Why “wellness” as opposed to “recipe” or “health”?  Because wellness incorporates ALL aspects of living a whole, healthy, happy and mindful life!   And yes, “wisdom” sounds a little hippie dippie or self-salvant of me {I made up that term}, just don’t over think it…it works well with my alliteration obsession 🙂

    Day 1 on Living Deliciously Well… drum roll please…

    Happiness!

    I truly believe happiness is the foundation for overall wellbeing, health and success (in relationships, career, finances, etc).  If you are living a life of resentment, substances and greed, it won’t mater the number of yoga classes you attend and green smoothies you down, you will never reach a level of contentment and true happiness.

    And how coincidental that this was my YOGI tea mantra this morning.  So true:

    “Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness”

    Ben sent me an article today published in the Elite Daily titled, “15 things that emotionally strong people do not do”   And number 15 nailed my happiness philosophy to a T!  Here it is verbatim… I wont even paraphrase, that’s how spot on this is:

    They don’t forget that happiness is a decision: Most importantly, the emotionally strong have learned to understand the power their brains have over both the mind and body. They understand that emotions are reactions, not reactions to direct physical causes, but to the way we perceive those causes. In other words, our emotions don’t reflect reality; rather, our emotions reflect the way we interpret reality. Understanding this gives us near-full control of our emotions and, therefore, our lives.”

    I read this quote in Oprha on the plane yesterday, and though Iyanla is speaking of LOVE, I believe it applies to happiness as well.

    Don’t expect to get all you need from someone else.  Whether we are talking about romantic relationships, deep friendships, or close bonds with family members, love is never codependency, validation, self-worth, self-value, or self-esteem.  It’s an experience that should fill us with joy – not serve as a replacement for loving ourselves.”

    Happiness and love begin from within.  You must be happy and content in your life, in your body, and with yourself FIRST and not seek it through external sources (relationships, materialism, food, etc).  Your GLASS must already be FULL before moving into a deep authentic relationship with someone.

    I’m writing to you from Baja.  On Halloween, I packed up my entire life, left SF and drove to the very most southern tip of highway 1….you can read about the journey HERE.  Anyway, point being, I thought a life of beach, sun, tacos, organic farming and yoga would be the happiest place on earth.  And as it turns out, even though I accomplished and learned a lot while living here, a slow-paced Mexican beach town, away from my friends and family, is not for me.

    Your takeaway from Day 1 of Wellness Wednesdays:

     

    You’re Invited: Wellness Weekend in Baja!

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    I’ll be hosting a Wellness Weekend in Baja, Mexico January 23-27th…and YOU are invited!

    I’ve teamed up with 4 experts in the women’s wellness world to provide you with an unforgettable and relaxing weekend!  Your stay includes morning meditation with my cousin Laney, rooftop pilates with Kelsey, holistic cooking/nutrition demos with Andi and Christian and 1 restorative massage.  I’ll be cooking 3 nourishing meals a day with organic produce picked that morning, eggs from our farm and fish caught in the afternoon.

    As you probably know by now, my passion in life is to spread health and wellness through personalized nutritioncooking lessons and detoxes so I figure what better way to educate and inspire women than in a beautiful home on our own private beach.

    We’re keeping the group small to just 9 girls, so sign up soon!

     

    Offered at a discounted rate of $1,300 until January 4th, after which it is $1,500.

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as it will never be offered again.  I hope you can join the fun!

    Shoot me an email at visit@organicfarmgirl.org by January 10th!

     

     

    Super Simple Supper while Camping

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    I’m all for keeping meals fast, fresh and simple…. therefore, when it comes to camping I prefer doing as much of the meal prepping and cooking in my kitchen before even heading out the door. See our camping trip on the Beach in Mexico HERE

    The menu was inspired by EVERYTHING I gathered Friday morning on Logan’s farm.  

    This meal was thrown together in less than an hour while Logan loaded up the car with camping gear.  I promise, you wont even need a measuring cup!

    Super Simple Supper on the Beach

    Blended Papaya Margaritas 

    Kale Chips

    Gazpacho Served in Bell Pepper Bowls

    (tomatoes, cucumbers and green bells, lime)

    Campfire Clay Pot Veggies

    (Beets, Carrots and Shallots)

    Campfire Berry Cobbler

    (Blackberry Lime with Coconut Crumble)

    our picking from the farm

    in action – picking cucumbers

     Gazpacho Soup:  Serve in a bell pepper… that way you can either eat it raw or skew it and roast on the campfire for another meal.  Try this recipe and if you are in a hurry, don’t even bother roasting the veggies first RECIPE
    Blackberry Cobbler
    Cobblers are one of my favorite go-to desserts!  They travel well to friend’s homes (and even camping) and I love how you can bake them once you get to location.  Just pop it into the oven while everyone is enjoying dinner.  Nothing beats a warm fresh baked dessert with some cold vanilla ice cream.  Another reason cobblers are fantastic: you can change them seasonally and use whatever beautiful fruit is looking good to you.  Serioiusly, you can not mesa up a cobbler… the most basic of cooks can make a killer cobbler..  Here’s my favorite Peach Cobbler RECIPE, again, was taken to a party.
     

    dinner with a REAL farmer in Mexico

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    Does life get much better than this?!

    Read about my day on the farm HERE!

    Slow Cooked Rabbit Ragout: Logan shot and slaughtered the rabbit on his farm the day before.  I LOVE it. Can you get any closer to hunter and gather days?

    Farm Salad: heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and basil with local cheese, balsamic and olive oil

    Northern Baja White Wine: Had dinner with the wine makers the night before.

    Homemade tequila infused with organic herb

    Surfing, Sand and Sun

     

    A Summer Soiree

    I catered a lunch yesterday with a menu that I am so excited about!  It was such a beautiful representation of what you’d find at a Farmers Market in July – so fresh and delicious – I have to share. If you are not a big meat eater – I think salmon would substitute nicely for the skirt steak.

    Appetizers:
    Figs and Prosciutto over Ricotta, Drizzled with Honey  
    (For the non pork eaters substitute chopped pistachios for prosciutto)

    Salad:
    Grilled Peaches with Toasted Walnuts, Pt Reyes Blue Cheese in a Balsamic Dressing
    Main:
    Skirt Steak over Fresh Corn Polenta
    Sun Marinated Heirloom Tomato (soaked in a bowl of olive oil, balsamic, basil and garlic – Amazing and can go on anything! This is my summer staple)
    Fresh Chopped Salad of Summer Squash, Zucchini, Wax Bean and Haricot Vert Swith Lemon Zest, Basil, Pine Nuts and Fresh Grated Parmesan

    Dessert (not pictured)
    Short Cakes, Vanilla Ice Cream and Plum Compote

    Prep Ahead Tips:
    Day Before:
    prep, chop and blanch your summer veggies
    Steam corn for polenta
    Make your dressing and marinades
    Start Marinating your Tomatoes
    Chop nuts
    make Shortcakes for dessert

    Morning Of:
    Make crostini
    Grill the peaches
    Grill the Steak (only to rare – let rest for 10 minutes, then slice and divide on 2 small baking pans.  Reheat in the oven for your guests right before serving – this will finish the cooking too.  I divided the meat between 2 pans so that one batch would be brought up to med-rare and the other batch I left in the oven a bit longer to bring the meat up to med)
    Fill a large pot on the stove with broth and line up your polenta ingredients to throw in and make cooking/hosting as easy as possible (4 cups broth, 1 cup polenta. 1 cup parm, 2 cups fresh corn steamed and cut off ear)

    Skirt Steak Marinade:
    So good- I need to write this down so I don’t forget what I did
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Chopped Garlic, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce

    Enjoy!!!
     

    Provence Party

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    Anyone who knows me, knows that I love an excuse to host a party.  So when my married friends and I started a monthly dinner group, you can imagine how excited I was when it was my turn to host!

    I want to share this dinner party as an example of how simple it can be to host a fabulous supper in style and stilettos ah!
    The key is to plan ahead and decide on a menu that can be prepped days before and requires little hands on time during your party… for example a cheese, fruit and nut platter for an appetizer and slow cooked meat for your main…

    I decided on a Provence theme because, well, I’m obsessed with the south of France! The food, wine, culture, language, men, style, architecture, cobble stones, surf, music, all of it!

    Provence Party Menu
    Appetizers:
    Cheese Plate

    Tomato Tarts

    Artichoke Tarts

    Dinner:
    Slow Cooked Lemon Chicken in Garlic and Thyme
    over Saffron Rice

    Rosated Broccoli and Garlic with Basil, Parmesan and Pine Nuts

    Ratatouille with Homemade Pesto 

    Dessert
    Lavender Madeleines with Honey Creme Fraiche

     Set the mood

    • Offer your quests a glass of wine when they come in.  Simple say, “I just opened a bottle of wine, can I pour you a glass?”
    • French music on Pandora
    • Savorying Provence, cookbook on my coffee table
    • Olive tree to add a little nature
    • Little bowls of olives and rosemary marcona almonds

     

    Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onion and Apricot Chutney Flat Bread

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    Savory gorgonzola and sweet apricots make a heavenly combination

    My friend Kate from Seattle (we met 3 years ago while living in Thailand) came to visit for a couple of days and on her last night here we had a Sex And The City, Wine and Flat Bread Marathon.
    Kate is a great cook (enjoying healthy foods like me!) and so fun to be in the kitchen with.  We also made a Margarita with Eggplant (a specialty of hers) and a Pesto with Fresh Tomatoes (a specialty of my mom’s).
    Partially inspired by sipping wine while cooking, we’ll credit our healthy appetites to the 3.5 mile run across Golden Gated Bridge earlier that day :o)

    This is an amazing combination worth trying on a panini or served in bowls along side crackers for an appetizer.  I don’t eat pork but I just thought of another good idea: apricot glazed pork tenderloin, thinly sliced, caramelized onions spooned over and blue cheese crumbled on top, serve hot and melting.  Maybe sprinkle with fresh thyme to add some color.  Oh, you could use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for an incredible rich and flavorful dinner entree.

    Ingredients:
    Flat Bread, I used Udi’s Gluten Free
    Chevre Cheese
    Apricot Chutney (recipe here)
    1 t olive oil
    1 Sweet Onion thinly sliced
    1 T brown sugar
    1-2 garlic cloves chopped
    Gorgonzola or another stinky blue cheese

    Preheat the oven to 350
    Make the caramelized onions:
    Add the oil and onion to a heavy sauce pan (not too big)
    Cook slowly over medium heat for a couple of minutes
    Add the brown sugar and garlic
    Spread a thin layer of chever of the bread
    Followed by chutney
    Caramelized onions and crumbles blue cheese
    Sprinkle with good salt
    bake for 15 minutes

    Margarita Eggplant, with Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil and Tomatoes 
     A favorite of mine while growing up:
    Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes and Sun Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Basil, Feta and Parmigiano 

    yum
     

    For Your Party, Start with Style

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    One thing I love most in life is throwing dinner parties for friends and family.
    The other thing I love most is making a party beautiful, stylish, creative and chic!

    Favorite Places to Get Inspired:
    Hostess with the Mostess
    Hello Naomi
    Cakes Likes a Party
    Society Picnic
    Joyful Wedding and Events
    Style Me Pretty

    Favorite Places to Buy the Goods:
    Acme Party Box Company
    For Your Party
    Paper Source
    Luna Bazaar
    Shop Sweet LuLu
    Etsy
    100 Layer Cake

    And lastly, the proper placement of silverware

     

    Moroccan Tangine

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    This is a “winner recipe” for sure
    served over quinoa and topped with Cowgirl Creamery Creme Fraiche
    I’ve served this for many occasions: private dinner parties over quinoa for the vegetarian, clients I’m a personal chef for and my Kid’s Summer Cooking Camp.

    Today we went to North Africa… enjoying pita too.
    There are a lot of ingredients, and it is a little time consuming but well worth all the work.
    This also lasts for a few days in the fridge and heats up really well.
    As I know, kids love making this. Give them the jobs of cutting and chopping all the vegetables.

    You can serve this over rice, couscous or quinoa. I serve it over quinoa to make it a complete protein meal.

    Adapted from one of my Favorite cookbooks, Vegetarian Food For Friends
    Serves 6

    Ingredients:
    2 T olive oil
    ½ red onion, thinly sliced
    ½ white onion, thinly sliced
    1 t tumeric
    2 t cumin seeds
    2 t coriander seeds
    1 t cinnamon
    1 red Serrano chili
    28 oz canned chopped tomatoes
    1 T tomato paste
    2 oz dried apricots
    ¼ cup raisins
    ½ cup kalamata olives, roughly chopped
    1 large baking potato (or, I’ve used fingerling for esthetic purposes)
    3 large carrots, thickly sliced at an angle
    2 ½ cups chickpeas (about 3 cans)
    small cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
    Heat half the oil in a large sauce pan
    Add the onions, tumeric, coriander and cinnamon and chili and cook until softened, about 10 minutes
    Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for 10 min
    Add the apricots, raisins and olives and potatoes and carrots
    Cook for 45 minutes, until carrots are tender
    (Meanwhile make the couscous)
    heat the remaining oil in a pan, add the cabbage and stir fry until just softened
    add cabbage and chickpeas to the sauc

    e pan, bring to a boil

    stir in parsley and cilantro, and season with salt and pepper

     

    Potato Leek Soup with Hearty Croutons and Creme Fraiche

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    As my cousin said, “very flavorful and not too rich”

    A soup before a meal really does not, and should not, have to be heavy and rich. You want to finish your soup feeling satisfied and ready for your main entree.
    I made this soup for a private dinner party that I catered. My ABSOLUTE favorite part of catering is working with clients to come up with a wonderful, creative, seasonal menu.
    This party’s menu was particularly lovely.
    Appetizers:
    Buckwheat blini with smoked trout and creme fraiche (recipe)
    Baked dates filled with cevre and wrapped in bacon (recipe)
    Crostini with Grilled Radicchio in a balsamic dressing topped with shaved Parmigiano
    First Course:
    Potato leek soup
    Main:
    New York Steaks (from Prather Ranch)
    Point Reyes Blue Cheese Butter
    French Fries
    Steamed Artichoke with lemon and thyme
    Dessert:
    Flourless Chocolate Cake
    (I’ll work on posting the wonderful recipes)

    I chose this soup because it does not call for cream, unlike a lot of potato leek soups. I think cream can make recipes too rich and fillling, not what i was looking to do here.
    Adapted from Simple Recipes
    This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled…
    Serves 4-6
    Ingredients:
    3 Large Leeks, cut lengthwise, white and light green parts only, chopped
    2 T butter
    2 cups water
    2 cups chicken broth (I used vegetarian, hey, why not!?)
    2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    2 t fresh thyme, chopped
    salt and pepper
    Cook leeks in the butter with salt and pepper
    (funny side note, I forgot I added pepper and thought that it was dirt from the leeks not being washed well enough! duh!)
    Cook until nice and tender- About 10 minutes- DO NOT brown the leeks. Browning will give the leeks a burnt flavor.
    In a stockpot add the water and broth. I then added the potatoes as I was peeling and chopping- keeping them from turning brown.
    Scrape all the leeks and their juices into the stockpot of broth and potatoes
    Bring to a low simmer and cok for 20 minutes.
    I used a hand blender to puree the soup. You can control the chunkyness… I pureed it completely because I didn’t want any chunks… up to you though.
    Add the parsley and thyme and some fresh pepper (not dirt) and salt to taste.
    Croutons:
    Preheat 425
    Find the hearty-est bread you can
    Cut into even cubes
    toss with olive oil, garlic oil and salt and pepper
    Bake on a cookie sheet, tossing frequently, 15 minutes
     

    Eggplant Parmigiana

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    Eggplant Parmi-Yumma

    I feel it’s time I start posting more savory, salty, hot dinner dishes.

    By the looks of my blog you may think I only eat sweets and vegetables. While that is mostly true, sadly, I do still enjoy cooking hearty meals for friends and family.

    This eggplant parmigiana is always a hit and can be made ahead of time before the guests arrive.

    I adapted the recipe from Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights. I love her recipes, philosophy and life story.
    If I have a cookbook one day… wait… let me start again… when I have a cookbook of my own one day, it will be a lot like Dahl’s!

    Ingredients:
    3 medium sized eggplants
    sea salt
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 large onion, sliced
    2 cloves of garlic, chopped
    3 (14 oz) cans of chopped tomatoes
    1 T brown sugar
    s & p
    Aged Balsamic Vinegar
    2 cup fresh basil, copped
    2 large buffalo mozzarella, sliced
    1 cup grated Parmesan
    Preheat the oven to 400
    Cut eggplant into 1/2 inch slices, lengthwise
    lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet
    Sprinkle with salt and let stand for 20 minutes. This allows the water to exit the eggplant. Soon you will begin to see little droplets of water on the eggplant- it will look like it has just rained in your kitchen on your eggplant. Pat with paper towels to absorb the water.
    Lightly brush the eggplant with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes until they turn golden.
    Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat olive oil and gently sweat the onion, adding the garlic a minute or two later (onion takes longer to cook than garlic)
    Add tomatoes and brown sugar and season with s & p
    simmer for 20 minutes, covered
    Now is when you add thick balsamic vinegar, optional
    Grease a baking dish
    Now the fun layering begins!
    Eggplant
    Sprinkle with basil
    Mozzarella slices
    Tomato sauce
    Parmesan cheese
    Keep repeating in this order
    Top with Parmesan and basil
    Bake for 20 minutes
    I know it’s tempting, but allow to cool for about 10 minutes before digging in
    Note:
    Can keep in the fridge over night unbaked, throw in the oven 30 minutes before quests arrive.
     

    Coconut Cupcakes

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    with cream cheese frosting and a surprising bite of chocolate inside

    I decided to make these mini for a friend’s birthday celebration…bite size anything is just more fun, and maybe even guaranteed to taste better!
    Plus, mini-ness helps with portion control, because 7 mini really equals one regular size cupcake, right? ;o)
    Morgan’s Surprise Birthday, slash, Going Away Party!
    Make a wish!
    Enjoying cupcakes!

    We go back to Elementary School!
    Love you, miss you, kiss you!
    Adapted from Martha Stewart
    Makes 12 cupcakes (24 mini)
    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
    1 cup sugat
    2 eggs
    1 t vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 t baking powder
    1/4 t salt
    1/2 cup milk
    Chocolate pieces, about 1/2 cup (optional)
    8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    2 t pure coconut extract
    2 cups flaked coconut
    Sprinkles (optional)
    Preheat oven 350
    line muffin tins with papers
    Combine the flour, salt, baking flour, set aside
    With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat 1 stick butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    Beat in eggs one at a time
    Reduce speed to low
    Slowly add flour
    Add the milk
    Spoon into muffin tins, 3/4 full
    Top each with a chocolate piece
    Bake about 15 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean
    cool on wire rack
    Frosting
    Meanwhile, with mixer on medium, beat cream cheese and remaining 1/2 stick of butter, confectioners sugar and coconut extract.
    Frost cupcakes, sprinkle with coconut
    note: If you are piping the frosting, like I did, add the coconut to the frosting and beat until well mixed, about 10 seconds. then pipe onto cupcakes

    Make a Wish
    Family comes to really make the surprise special!
     

    Hazelnut Ganache Tart with Sea Salt

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    Um, Yum!
    I am such a sucker for Sweet + Salt!



    A perfect dessert to serve a crowd-
    this is sure to impress your dinner guest



    I made this Vegan and Gluten Free for Thanksgiving-
    believe me, no one knew!

    Ingredients:
    3/4 cup Dry Roasted Hazelnut
    1 1/2 cup Crushed Chocolate wafer cookies (I used Gluten Free)
    6 T unsalted butter melted (I used vegan Earth Balance)
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream (I used 14oz Silken Tofu- Blended in the cuisinart)
    12 oz Semisweet chocolate chip
    Sea Salt for Garnish

    Heat oven to 350
    In a food processor, finely grind 1/2 a cup of Hazelnuts.
    Add the crushed cookies and butter and pulse until smooth
    Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch removable bottom pan
    Bake of 10-12 minutes, let cool on a wire rack
    Meanwhile, in a double broiler melt the chocolate
    Add the chocolate to the heavy cream (of tofu in the blender
    Pour chocolate mixture onto the cooled crust
    Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
    Sprinkle with remaining nuts and sea salt
    Served on a pretty blue platter I picked up in Todos Santos, Baja California
     

    Perfect Summer Salad

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    Serve as a bite size salad on skewers at a cocktail party,
    or on pretty small plates at a dinner party.

    Union Street’s 15th Annual Sidewalk Sale at Dahlia Boutique


    The flavors here come together so well, I love it
    Just a little bite of summer- makes me smile 🙂
    I’m a little late on posting this recipe. almost 2 seasons to be exact.
    But this salad is so simple, delicious, and is worth sharing.

    Because there are so few ingredients, it is important that you buy good quality feta cheese and balsamic reduction.

    Serves 4 side salads
    Ingredients:
    2 cups arugula
    1 cup mixed greens
    1/2 cup goat’s feta cheese
    1/2 cup watermelon
    1/4 cup EVOO
    Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar
    Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper

    Cut the feta and watermelon into equal size pieces, about 1/2 inch cubes.
    In a large bowl, gently combine the greens, feta, watermelon and olive oil and salt and pepper.
    Place equally on 4 plates
    Drizzle the Balsamic Reduction

    Can serve with crostini. Also, chopped walnuts would be nice sprinkled on top.
    If serving on skewers, skip the mixed greens, just use one piece of arugula.